September 4th, 2021 marks a grim anniversary for Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor; it is their 1000th day of arbitrary detention at the hands Chinese authorities, as part of the regime’s retaliation for the lawful arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Canada’s lack of action in response to Beijing’s hostage-taking has signaled to the international community that this belligerent behaviour can occur with impunity. Furthermore, victims and their families are often left in limbo without a coordinated response from Ottawa.
MLI Senior Fellow Sarah Teich joined communications officer Ai-Men Lau to discuss the increasing need for a substantive overhaul of Canada’s national approach to global hostage-taking. Teich also discusses her joint publication by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and Canadian Coalition Against Terror which proposes new legislation titled, “An Act to Address the Taking of Innocent Civilians as Hostages.” She provides policy solutions and recommendations to Canadian decision makers to combat and deter hostage-taking.